Thank you: You make a damn big difference to this world

I can’t tell you that the “patient satisfaction obsession” is suddenly going to focus on patient health over profits and start being applied fairly to doctors and nurses.

I can’t tell you that someday politicians, administrators and insurance companies will wake up and see things the way you and I do.

I can’t tell you that someday, all the demands for inappropriate medications, tests and treatments will end.

I can’t tell you that all of a sudden the government will stop making cumbersome and nonsensical rules and regulations, stop crushing private practice and start increasing instead of decreasing doctor pay.

I can’t tell you that all of a sudden you are going to stop taking hits in the line of duty for doing the right thing for your patients.

But what I can and will tell you is that I appreciate every time you or any other doctor, nurse, physician’s assistant, paramedic or tech laces it up for a shift to take care of the sick and injured.

I can tell you, “thanks,” for everyone too sick, too short of breath, dizzy, psychotic, weak, unconscious or too intoxicated to say it or realize it themselves.

I can tell you that I appreciate all the blood, sweat, tears and REM sleep you leave on the floor during your days and nights on the front lines treating the sick, bleeding, broken, bruised, and destitute.

For what it’s worth, you are a hero to many, whether they say it, know it, or not. I’ve been there, done it and still face the same battles.

What you do is not easy. It’s incredibly difficult. Don’t ever let anyone tell you otherwise, including yourself. You make a damn big difference to this world.

For anyone who steps up to the plate in an emergency department, hospital, OR, or doctor’s office to be there when no one else can or will, to wait for me, my family members, your own friends, enemies or complete strangers to pass out, get run over, to arrest or stop breathing, keep your chin up.

For what it’s worth, you’re a hero to me.

“BirdStrike” is an emergency physician who blogs at Dr. Whitecoat.

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  • momtwoboys

    For what its worth Dr Birdstrike your post touched me. ((Hugs))

  • Suzi Q 38

    I brought my doctor freshly picked tangerines, a fresh stalk of brussels sprouts, dark purple carrots (with the green on top), persimmons, and fresh lettuce with the roots still in tact. I added some salt water taffy.
    The tangerines still had green leaves on them and tasted like sugar.

    I hope it was appreciated.

    We talked about how quickly my A1c (particularly high in the past couple of years) came down after I made the decision to stop taking my statin.

    He told me that based on all my reported side effects, I was not a candidate for them (statins). I had been dutifully taking them since 2004, almost 10 years. With every complaint, he switched me to a different one. I never never tolerated any one of them.

    this last visit was the last straw. I was sick of getting such high A1c numbers. I found out that my statins may be the culprit along with my eating habits. I quit taking them about 4-6 months ago and my numbers came down markedly.

    Hope I don’t die of cardiac arrest or a stroke, but so be it.
    I have lost 30 pounds, and I know I should be eating plants instead of all the good stuff.
    I don’t know what the answer is. Is it better to be placed on Metformin for my statin acquired diabetes, with a statin, or no statin at all?
    Also, the muscle aches were not helping me.

    Doctors have to make some tough decisions sometimes.
    My doctor is not a warm person. He is abrupt and downright mean at times.

    I stay with him because I know he cares. He also had the courage to tell me I was “waaay too fat,” when no one else could….including my own husband.

    • rbthe4th2

      I am happy for your finding someone. The interesting part is why do we have to put up with rudeness when we can all get along and make each others’ day better? When you are sick, having someone take their day out on you doesn’t make healing better.

      • Suzi Q 38

        Thank you, Randy.

  • Leilani

    As a retired nurse practitioner I’d like to thank you for your post, and particularly for your inclusiveness in including nurses and the other professionals mentioned in it.

  • Suzi Q 38

    As a patient, I view them satisfaction surveys as useless.
    What are they going to do with a bad doctor, and how are they going to reward the “champion” doctors?
    That being said, I fill the forms out..good and bad..anyway.

  • Suzi Q 38

    i would have to agree, which is why I have stayed with my doctor for now. The only reason for me to consider changing is because he is getter older, more into the retirement age.